To reward students from Meekatharra District High School who had displayed good behaviours at school during term one, the Stephen Michael Foundation hosted 20 students and 10 support staff for a weekend in Perth during the AFL Indigenous Round. The special weekend culminated in the students playing at half-time of the AFL Indigenous Round Match in front of more than 50,000 spectators.
The students were selected by teachers from Meekatharra District High School based on their attendance and behaviour in school. Students were also required to attend after school football training which was delivered in partnership by the Shire of Meekatharra and the Stephen Michael Foundation.
Once the final list was selected the travelling students got to participate in a range of exciting activities including:
- School football clinic at Fremantle College
- Presentation from guest speaker West Coast Eagles Player Brendon Ah Chee
- Behind the scenes tour of new Fremantle Dockers Facility in Cockburn
- Dinner and short tour of Fremantle including a session in Time Zone
- Meeting with Stephen Michael and South Fremantle Football players
- Athletics clinics delivered by Little Athletics
- Played at half-time of AFL Indigenous Round match featuring West Coast v St Kilda
- Watched the West Coast Eagles v St Kilda match
With the majority of the students in attendance possessing deteriorated football boots or no boots at all, each of the students had their shoe sizes measured on the camp and were presented with a new set of football boots in time for the Meekatharra NAIDOC Football Carnival.